Burlington and Oakville among best places to live in Canada

Toronto ranks 32nd according to MoneySense magazine


According to MoneySense magazine there are 31 cities in Canada that are better to live in than Toronto.

The magazine ranks 201 Canadian cities and places Toronto 32nd on the list, behind Newmarket but ahead of Red Deer, Alberta.

The rankings look at employment, crime, household income, housing prices and weather. You can find the full list HERE

Cities in Alberta took the top three rankings with St. Albert named the top overall city followed by Calgary, and Strathcona County.

Burlington and Oakville were the only GTA cities in the top 10, ranked 5th and 7th. Burlington and Oakville were named the two top mid-sized Canadian cities.

Toronto failed to make it into the top 5 large Canadian cities, beaten out by Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton, Quebec City, and Winnipeg.

Port Alberni, B.C is ranked 201st out of 201 Canadian cities.

Canada's Best Places to Live 2014—Top 10 out of 201 (2013)

St. Albert, Alta. (2)

Calgary (1)

Strathcona County, Alta. (4)

Ottawa (6)

Burlington, Ont. (3)

Boucherville, Que. (18)

Oakville, Ont. (5)

Edmonton (11)

Regina (17)

Quebec City (51)

Top small cities in Canada—Top 5 out of 140

St. Albert, Alta.

Strathcona County, Alta.

Boucherville, Que.

Lacombe, Alta.

Rimouski, Que.

Top mid-sized cities in Canada—Top 5 out of 46

Burlington, Ont.

Oakville, Ont.


Kingston, Ont.

Lévis, Que.

Top large cities in Canada—Top 5 out of 15




Quebec City


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  1. john posted on 03/12/2014 11:22 AM
    every town is better then the town i live in . man what a shit hole .
  2. Jason posted on 03/12/2014 01:22 PM
    sure, burlington is up there. it got its life, its sustenance, from economic overflow from Toronto and Hamilton, but is replete without the ills of urban life/congestion/too many people.
  3. Mark posted on 03/12/2014 08:19 PM
    Toronto has sucked since the 70"s. We got out years ago and it was the best thing we ever did. I don't even like Toronto anymore and when we travel we don't even talk-up Toronto like we used to. From what I see, Toronto is probably the poorest run large city in the developed world. The fact that you idiots also support liberals also reflects poorly on your intellect.

  4. Karl Burgin posted on 03/13/2014 12:28 PM
    Possible reasons why Burlington/Oakville is so high:

    *Kathleen Wynne isn't there on a regular basis. Whether she goes to work, or goes home.
    *Those cities probably doesn't have 40+ councillors quibbling on a daily basis over squat
    *They didn't have the pleasure of Miller running their municipalities into the ground
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